Stellate Ganglion Block

Post-Procedure Care Instructions
Stellate Ganglion Block

9218 Kimmer Drive, Suite 101 Lone Tree, CO 80124
(P): 303-623-2680 (F): 303-623-2814

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURE?

Immediately after the injection you may experience temporary relief, or your pain may intensify temporarily before you notice an improvement. Soreness at the injection site (and IV site) is common and may persist for a few days. The degree of pain and onset of pain may vary from patient to patient.

If you experience discomfort, you may apply a wrapped ice pack intermittently for the first 24 hours then heat or ice packs thereafter. You may take analgesics such as Tylenol. Do not take extra opioid medications without permission from your physician.

WHAT CAN OR SHOULD I DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Possible Side Effects:  A droopy eye or stuffy nose on the same side your treatment was performed, is a normal side effect. You may experience some difficulty swallowing or hoarseness of your voice as well. These are all normal and will resolve within 6-8 hours. Pain, soreness, or achiness in the neck are also common short term side effects of the treatment. You may use a cold pack to treat any soreness, and Tylenol to relieve symptoms of pain. You may experience numbness or weakness in you arm at the side of the procedure immediately following the procedure, if this lasts more than 8 hours, please contact your physician.  

Diet:  You may resume your regular diet, but please be cautious and do not consume any hot foods or hot liquids until the morning after your procedure. If you are having any difficulty swallowing, drink only small sips and consume foods that are soft and easy to chew/swallow. 

Sedation/Anesthesia: If you have had sedation/anesthesia the following applies for the next 12 hours. DO NOT drive, drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs, operate machinery, tools, or firearms, sign important or legal documents. You MUST have a responsible adult with you for 12 hours following sedation/anesthesia. 

Activity:  Following your procedure, please rest for the remainder of the day and then resume activities as tolerated. Excessive sleepiness is a common side effect of the Stellate Ganglion Block. If you feel too sleepy, please contact your psychiatric provide to discuss changing any prescribed medications you are currently taking. 

Medications:  Please resume your home medications as indicated on your home medication discharge list. If taking any blood thinners, please refer to the discharge medication list to determine when you may resume your blood thinner. Please do not drive while taking narcotics or muscle relaxants. 

Shower:  You may remove your dressing and shower on the same day as your procedure. Please NO bathtubs, swimming pools, and hot tubs for the next 3 days to avoid submerging your injection site in water. 

Work:   If you were working up until the day of your procedure without complications, you may return to work the following day.

POST PROCEDURE PRECAUTIONS

Please call your physician’s office if you develop any of the following:

  • Local tissue swelling, redness, drainage or severe tenderness at the injection site or NEW onset of radiating pain to a different location of your body.
  • Fever > 100.4 °F
  • Severe headache occurring after the procedure that is worse when standing and/or sitting and is not controlled by medications. This may also be associated with nausea and/or vomiting. 
  • You may experience numbness or weakness immediately following the procedure, if this lasts more than 8 hours, please contact your physician. 
  • If at any time following the procedure you notice any of your symptoms worsen, please call your provider or the Stella Clinic. 
  • In the event of any urgent problems or questions, call your physician’s office at the number listed below from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. If you call after hours, the answering service will connect you with the on-call provider. For emergencies, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. 
  • VMD Pain: 303-750-8100
  • VThe Denver Spine and Pain Institute: 303-327-5511
  • VOrthopedic Centers of Colorado: 303-344-9090

GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM or CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING:

    • If you are unable to swallow, having difficulty breathing, or have swelling or tightness in your neck. 
    • High fever, sudden onset of substernal chest pain, or shortness of breath
    • Severe lethargy, weakness, inability to walk, seizures or onset of confusion

     

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